Fighter Profile: Rafael dos Anjos

Rafael dos Anjos put on one of the best fights on the UFC 272 card  when he faced off against Renato Moicano in a fight that went the distance, but  dos Anjos really put on a clinic on why he is one of the best fighters in the UFC Lightweight division. His performance at UFC 272 was in our opinion better than what was on display in the main event. And if you look at all of RDA’s losses they were to fighters on top of their games and we think he could possibly go on another run to the top of the Lightweight division.

Rafael dos Anjos was born October 26, 1984 in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He often would get into brawls as a child. This would lead RDA to get in trouble. Dos anjos would eventually go onto train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu starting at the age of nine. Once he started training in this highly disciplined martial art his brawling in the street would cease and he’d pursue training and would eventually become a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Aldo “Caveirinha” Januário and Philipe “Furão” della Monica he’d also learn the art of eight limbs where he earned Black prajied in Muay Thai under Rafael Cordeiro.

 dos anjos would make his professional MMA debut against Adriano Abu in September of 2004 he’d lose the contest to Abu in a Split Decision. He’d then fight João Paulo Almeida he’d win this bout by Unanimous Decision. He’d then get his first finish when he faced off against Felipe Arinelli winning the bout by TKO (doctor stoppage.) Jorge Britto would be next for RDA but unfortunately for dos anjos he’d lose the fight on the judges score cards by Split Decision. He’d win his next nine fights before ending up in the UFC.

dos Anjos would make his UFC debut against  Jeremy Stephens in November of 2008. He would lose his UFC debut by KO (punches.) He’d then face Tyson Griffin and would lose the fight via Unanimous Decision. Dos Anjos would then fight Rob Emerson, RDA knew the stakes and he would get a much needed win, his first for the promotion. He’d win his next two fights against Kyle Bradley and Terry Etim before a loss to MMA veteran Clay Guida. He’d then get back in the win column with a victory over George Sotiropoulos before dropping another fight to Gleison Tibau

RDA would soon see his favor turn as he’d go on a nice five fight win streak that would include a three round war with Donald Cerrone. The streak would get snapped by and undefeated Khabib Nurmogamedov. RDA would win his next three before fighting Anthony Showtime pettis where he would win the UFC Lightweight Championship He’d defend his title once successfully against Cowboy Cerrone, but RDA would lose the belt in his next outing against Eddie Alvarez.

Since losing the Lightweight title he has gone 6-5 and will be returning to the UFC Octagon on Saturday when he will face off against  Rafael Fiziev he’ll look to add another win to his record.

Fighter Profile: Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone

What you need to know about Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone
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Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone has gained a reputation in the MMA world of being the type of fighter that will throw down anytime and anywhere, and often on short notice. Cerrone is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and shows his Grappling abilities and his striking prowess in the UFC Octagon almost every time he steps into the cage. Unfortunately as of late he hasn’t been doing too great when it comes to his MMA Career losing five of his last six with the sixth being a no contest due to a positive Marijuana test by his opponent, Niko Price. We hope that Cerrone can go out with a win. Rumor is Cerrone may face Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett soon, but who knows what the UFC matchmakers will choose to do.

Cerrone was born on March 29, 1983 in Denver, Colorado. Cerrone is of Italian and Irish descent. Cerrone had many problems growing up stemming from an ADHD diagnosis that never received any treatment. Cerrone was in trouble with the law from a very young age due to fighting and was often bailed out by his grandmother who was looking after him. Cerrone would eventually start riding bulls, and then somehow got linked up training kickboxing and later Muay Thai. Cerrone noticed he was good at striking and decided that he’d turn his focus to MMA.

Cerrone made his MMA debut in February of 2006 when he faced Nate Mohr for the ROF promotion. He’d win by Submission (Triangle Choke) in round one, a quick night at the office for Cerrone. He then faced Cruz Chacon and secured the victory via Submission (Triangle Choke) in round two. He’d switch it up in his next fight when he faced Craig Tennant and won via armbar. He’d win his next four fights by submission before earning a spot in one of the best MMA promotions that wasn’t the UFC at that time called World Extreme Cagefighting. Cerrone Would make his WEC debut in September of 2007 winning by submission, but this was overturned after Cerrone tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide. Cerrone would fight for the WEC title three times, unfortunately for Cerrone it didn’t work out for him.

WEC Eventually merged with the UFC, and Cerrone found himself on the UFC roster as the result of the merger. Cerrone made his UFC debut at UFC 126 in February of 2011 when he faced Paul Kelly and would win via Submission (rear-naked choke.) Cerrone would then face Vagner Rocha and secure the victory by unanimous decision. Cerrone would then face current UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira he’d win by TKO (punches) in the first round. Cerrone proved his worth in to the UFC and often said he’d fight every other week if he could. Cerrone holds the record for most wins in the UFC and also holds the record for most finishes in the UFC. Unfortunately Cerrone is currently on a losing streak. 

Whether it be in the cage or outside the cage Cerrone is a badass. He embodies grit and hopefully can get back to his winning ways sooner rather than later.

What’s Next For The Diaz Brothers?

Nate Diaz, left, poses with his brother Nick Diaz, center and a cornerman after defeating Jim Miller in their lightweight bout at UFC on Fox at the Izod Center in E. Rutherford, NJ on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Diaz won via tapout due to a choke in round 2. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
The Diaz brothers. Photo Courtesy of Gregory Payan/ AP

Over the last few months we’ve seen some amazing fights in the UFC Octagon. From new up in comers like Paddy the Baddy to old fan favorites like the Diaz brothers. We first saw Nate Diaz make his re-arrival in the Octagon in June of 2021 marking his first appearance in the UFC octagon since before the pandemic. We then saw Nick Diaz make his return to the octagon in September at UFC 266 where he took on UFC veteran Robbie Lawlwer and lost in the third round. It was really good to see both of these fan favorites make returns to the octagon even if they weren’t triumphant returns. This makes one question what is next for the two Stockton natives. 

Nate Diaz has two fights that fans really want to see. The first would be the final fight in his trilogy with Conor McGregor. McGregor just wrapped up his trilogy with Dustin Poirier losing two consecutive fights to Poirier. This would be a great matchup for the two fighters as Diaz lost both his last two fights also so they both need wins. This trilogy would also sell a lot of PPV’s so it’s really a no brainer for the Promotion to entertain this fight.

The other fight that fans would love to see would be a rematch of the ‘BMF’ title between Diaz and Jorge Masvidal. Masvidal has also lost his two last fights which happened to be title fights against Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 and 261. This again is a no brainer for the promotion as the original BMF title was won by TKO (doctor stoppage.) So fans would flock in droves to the venue and to buy the PPV event if it were to go down. 

Nick Diaz has two interesting fights that fans and fellow UFC fighters are throwing out there for him. The first would be to fight UFC veteran Matt Brown. Brown is coming off a win against Dhiego Lima. Brown is a UFC veteran and has been with the promotion since 2008. The other Fight that fans have speculated about would be a matchup against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. Cerrone is coming off a loss against Alex Morono. Cerrone and Diaz are both on the tail end of their careers so it’d be great to see these UFC veterans duke it out in the Octagon. 

It’d be great to see the Diaz brothers return to their winning ways. These two fighters have amazing skills and are fan favorites. Hopefully they keep fighting till the wheels fall off.

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What’s Next For Conor McGregor?

Conor McGregor yells after hurting his foot in the first round of a lightweight bout against Du ...
McGregor after getting defeated by Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 (Photo Courtesy of Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal)

The great boxing Champ Marvin Hagler once said “It’s tough to get out of bed to do roadwork at 5 A.M. when you’ve been sleeping in silk pajamas.” This has been true of many boxers and most recently could be used when talking about the highest paid athlete in the world, former two division UFC Champion, Conor McGregor. McGregor has done a lot for the sport of MMA getting more casual fans involved in the sport and boosting the sports profile, but what’s next for the Irish fighter known as ‘The Notorious.’

If you’re in the MMA world you definitely watched McGregor lose to Dustin Poirier in July of 2021 at UFC by TKO completing their trilogy. It was McGregor’s second consecutive loss to Poirier who is one of the best lightweights on the UFC roster.  McGregor looked creepily different when he walked into the press events, the charitable Conor was gone and he was back to slinging insults and barbs at Poirier, even trying to kick Poirier at the weigh-ins.

In a July interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith  “The only thing that’s final in this business is a knockout,” he went on to elaborate that “The decisions, the taps, all that s— means nothing to me.” Then he goes out and tries to submit Poirier on the ground. Odd choice of words considering that the UFC is a MMA promotion, and a big part of MMA historically has been the submission game. What makes this statement even odder is that McGregor is a Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Kavanagh. This makes one question further,  what’s next for McGregor.

In 2017 Conor McGregor took a break from his MMA career to focus on boxing Floyd Mayweather.  This fight was a good match up with McGregor making a guaranteed 30 million dollar purse.  The fight was billed as  “The Money Fight”and “The Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History.” Mayweather would go on to defeat McGregor in the 10th round by TKO. 

This fight made McGregor one of the richest stars in MMA, and made one wonder if McGregor went soft, as he’s never been the same since. He’s lost three of his last four against tough competition in Poirier and Khabib Nurmagomedov, and he looked really good against a rough looking Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. So if he makes a return to the octagon you’d wonder who a good match up would be? 

The fight that makes the most sense, is the other trilogy that The UFC has put on the back burner which is McGregor vs Diaz 3. Diaz won their first meeting in 2016 by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke.) McGregor would come out and win the second fight against Diaz by majority decision. Diaz is in a slump also losing three of his last four  and this matchup just makes a lot of sense, and would make the UFC a lot of money.

We will see what’s in the cards for McGregor when he makes a return from his current injury. Hopefully the star makes a speedy recovery and makes a return to MMA. And if not MMA, boxing because McGregor can still sell a card. 

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